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David Archuleta ~ On to Utah and Abravanel Hall

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hard to believe this incredible tour is almost at an end.  What a beautiful gift he has given to us all this Christmas.  To those attending the concert at Abravanel Hall, may you be blessed with comfort and joy and safe travels.

For each and every one of us making final preparations for the holidays, take time to have a Silent Night and reflect on the true reason for the season.

I need a Silent Night

I’ve made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove.

Children are crying while mothers are trying
To photograph Santa and sleigh
The shopping and buying and standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes then disappears
Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow
Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace.

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night.

What was it like back there in Bethlehem
With peace on earth, good will toward men?

Every shepherd’s out in the field
Keeping watch over their clock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were so afraid

And the angels said fear not for behold
I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night.

Amy Grant/Chris Eaton

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95 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ On to Utah and Abravanel Hall”

  1. Abrra said

    New thread! yay! Welcome back Angelica !

    Bringing over the beauty :)


    YouCanCallMeTina

    Abrra

  2. gladys said

    abrra, I come to your candy jar, I can not see the new mp3 you uploaded, the problem will be mine???

  3. dakgal said

    Well, that Ave Maria did it—he took me someplace and I don’t know if I can find my way back!!!

    No words…………….

  4. Abrra said

    Gladys
    These?

    Man In The Mirror Anaheim VIP121711.mp3
    http://www.mediafire.com/?22jpwt38i87qgb1

    Mary Did You Know Anaheim VIP121711.mp3
    http://www.mediafire.com/?yabuqjun7bxilbc

    Happy Birthday MKOC VIP Anaheim121711.mp3
    http://www.mediafire.com/?ubjbvyyp7rnsaeh

    Good Place/Let it Be MKOC VIP at Grove Anaheim121711.mp3
    http://www.mediafire.com/?v07yd3713hu3tqf

    The main folder for all MKOC mp3’s
    http://www.mediafire.com/?q22qcpv8f3rq3

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    Hope this helps you, Gladys

    Abrra

  5. FG said

    Please God don’t let this tour end. I am STILL writing my recap from NYC, that’s how undone I am. This man is too much.

  6. NorthCarolinaGirl♥Marylee said

    Signed in this morning & watched the Forbes mini-Christmas concert AGAIN ~if David only knew how his voice touches people he would, no doubt, be overwhelmed! I constantly ask myself why I can’t bring myself to look at him in VIP (except for very lst time) & I’ve decided it’s because how “overwhelmed” I am to be standing in front of him ~my brain won’t allow me to process it. Makes me mad..lol but I walk away feeling some kind of inner peace just the same. This TOUR has been beyond INCREDIBLE for the fans & I honestly feel that David knew how much we needed it. Once again, he came through for us & that’s what keeps us coming back for more. Thank you David from the bottom of my heart! ♥

  7. Dayzee said

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy The date on my calendar matches the date on my tickets. My insides are dancing

  8. emmegirl said

    FG, we need that recap, stat!

    Dayzee, lol! Happy day!

    Thanks for bringing the gifts over. :)

  9. emmegirl said

    Oh Dak, just watched Ave Marie. Unreal.

  10. betsy said

    There are so many beautiful moments David has given us this tour. Like he looked inside our heads and found out what we really wanted for Christmas, and just gave it to us.
    That Ave Maria. I listened to it last night and immediately felt my mom around me. I know it sound strange, but there it is. What a good feeling. ♥
    p.s. I know she was looking down and listening and smiling. I KNOW it.

  11. Does anyone know why David gace a hug to Ben at the end of LDB Anaheim? He did say that he is going home to New Zealand for Christmas, so could this have been his last concert? He is coming back when he gets the call, said rather briefly in Stroudsburg.

    SB

  12. Bebereader said

    SB, David said that Anaheim was Ben’s last show. I heard that he will be back ‘next year’. Next year could also be next month. ;)

    Oh {{{Betsy}}} I just know my Mother would have loved David. I wish she was here to enjoy his music with me.

    David goes home tonight for a show in SLC. We’ll be here as usual to bring you the latest pics, videos, updates and a Ustream link if available!

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    credit Shelley

  13. betsy said

    Would you look at that smile at the end? Gorgeous. I LOVE watching David enjoying himself.

  14. betsy said

    Credit for the above video goes to Youcancallmetina

  15. FG said

    Aww Bebe & Betsy. HUGS
    Angelica – you have email!

  16. djafan said

    Good morning all!

    It’s Monday. Saturday I saw David for the third time in a week. I’m in complete overload ♥

  17. FG said

    DJAfan – omg tell us all about it! I just sent my recap in – it took me WEEKS to function again LOL!

    at 1:15 how does he go from the Lamb to Mary without breathing? HOW….?

  18. FG said

    Dayzee – ahhhhhhh! Have a blast!

  19. FG said

    Was this posted yet?

  20. betsy said

    Fun video from Ben’s girlfriend, Miranda.

  21. sweetonDA said

    Just stopping by to say what a fantastic show he gave in Anaheim. This man is all I need for a very Merry Christmas! Sat next to a mom and daughter from Texas. It was their first David concert and they said it was sooooo worth the trip.

    Don’t have time right now to give you more, but will be back soon. It was wonderful to see Dja again too.

  22. angelofdja said

    Bebe #12, Thank you for posting this beauty! OH MY GOODNESS?!#%$@^&* That picture is going to my list of the BEST of the BEST! Hair! Face! Skin! Smile! Eyes! Classy, smexy David. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
    Yup…one of my all time favorites it ’tis!

  23. angelofdja said

    …although you can’t “see” his eyes. :wink:

  24. Bebereader said

    Dayzee#7 Squeeeeeing for you for tonight!

    FG#19 I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since Westbury!

    Betsy#20 Thanks! Here’s another from Miranda..the band jamming before a show.

    SweetonDA#21 Come back soon and tell us more!

  25. tawna21 said

    Abravanel Hall!!! ♥♥♪♥♥♫♥♥ David and David fans and me!!!

    Tawna

  26. djafan said

    Dayzee, Tawna, Shawna, Pattirae and all those going to tonights concert have a blast. The excitement is building for this one!

    From USA Today. David Archuleta receiving some nice airplay.

    9 13 David Archuleta, Have Yourself A Merry… (1698)

    ‘American Idol’ Christmas Albums: Sounds of the Holidays From Your ‘Idol’ Favorites

    In 2009, Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta released what has become the second best-selling holiday album in “American Idol” history, Christmas From The Heart.

    http://www.huliq.com/12092/american-idol-christmas-albums-sounds-holidays-your-idol-favorites

  27. tawna21 said

    Dja–I hear HYAMLC alot more this year, on one particular Utah station, than I did last year. YAY!!

    Tawna

  28. betsy said

    I wish the radio stations would play David’s O Holy Night. I hear Josh Groban’s version almost daily. As we know, it isn’t in the same league.

  29. bluesky said

    Will be there with my son. We are both really looking forward to it.

    For all of you other UT peeps and visitors: welcome, have a wonderful lunch and get-togethers. I wave to you from my view *waves* with much love and gratitude. Please give one another hugs from me. Though I will most likely not see you there, we will be connected through the love and music.

    I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

    much love,
    bluesky

  30. kaycee said

    With all 3 of my college kids home, my time on the computer has dwindled to almost nothing! I just had to hop on and say how excited I am for all of you going tonight. There is something so magical about his performances there in his hometown–so much energy and love…from both sides! I’m only 5 hours away, and I wish I would have been able to swing it, but alas, money and family! Can’t wait for recaps and videos, though!

  31. Abrra said

    More VIP from Ventura


    luckyduckie15

    I Need a Silent Night


    jtmlm1234

    Little Drummer Boy

    jtmlm1234

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    Excited for all that can make the SLC concert. Please stop by tomorrow and leave a few details? We love to hear how the home town crowd reacts to David.

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    screen caps by Abrra

    Abrra

  32. MT said

    To all you lucky peeps going to the concert tonght … Have a wonderful time!! Abravelel Hall looks gorgeous and we know David will be fabulous!

    Hope there is a UStream so we can all share in the fun. :) *fingers crossed*

  33. Bebereader said

    Love those screencaps, Abs, especially the last one where David is pointing to the drums he’s about to beat.

    I’m expecting tonight’s show to be the highlight of the tour although there were so many highlights already. So excited for all those who will experience the magic of David singing for his hometown audience.

    David tweets:

    @DavidArchie: Back in my hometown Salt Lake!! Show tonight at Abravanel Hall! So excited!

    Catching some random tweets for tonight:

    OK guys….word is they r going to “attempt” a livestream tonight!!!!!! Hang tight!!! ….and SQUEEE!!!<Oh please! Let it be true!

    WOW! Orchestra and gospel choir. Only the best for the best!

    @DavidArchie am excited for u! kind of bummed ur tour is almost over! but u need a much DESERVED holiday break. u will surely be missed!

    There's no room on the stage for D. Not sure how this is going to work. This hall is beautiful btw! Did I mention that I'm excited.

    I'm watching rehearsal at abravenal hall!!!!!! Jeff is here. Orchestra is huge. There's going to be 8 singers and a gospel choir.

    Arrived at Abravanel. Letting us wait inside.

    Another "Sleigh Ride" from Ventura

    Lively crowd!

    This Christmas

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  34. kaycee said

    Before all the wonderful tweets and videos start pouring in, I thought I would share a review of GCT I found yesterday in our local paper.

    “This year’s release, “Glad Christmas Tidings”, features music recorded last holiday season with the young American alumnus David Archuleta. As a Utahn and a member of the LDS Church, Archuleta seems like an obvious choice for one of the choir’s special Christmas guest stars. However, listening to Archuleta it’s also obvious that he didn’t earn this gig based on his residency and religion. The boy can sing.
    Even Silent Night–which has been done so manuy times it’s becoming boring–finds new life and beauty with Archuleta’s golden voice. He even sings in Spanish on the fun “Los Pastores Belen,” which finds the Orchestra at Temple Square transforming into a mariachi band.
    Along with expected numbers like “Joy to the world” and “Away in a Manger,” Archuleta, the choir and orchestra also take on some more adventurous pieces like “The Cat and the Mouse Carol.”

    The reviewer goes on to say, “the first 50 minutes of the album are flawless,” stating that the only weakness is the overly dramatic recitation of the story told by Michael York.

    Speaking of GCT, we had a bit of a family gathering at my mother’s yesterday. She proudly and ceremoniously pulled out a gift for me…she was so excited, she opened it herself! It was the CD and DVD of GCT. I did my best acting and showed appropriate glee! My 10 year old daughter opened her mouth to say something, but then realized it was best to keep up the charade. Well, at least I have an autographed one now!

  35. djafan said

    I love this tweet, lol

    @gigglegirlnoel
    I think David Archuleta @DavidArchie just checked me out… (.2947 seconds of uninterrupted eye contact)

    I love this tweet, lol

    MINDFUL OF MUSIC

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    Top 5 Christmas Releases This Year

    Many artists have taken on Christmas classics this holiday season, but here are the Top 5 Christmas releases of this year.

    1. Glad Christmas Tiding – Mormon Tabernacle Choir ft. David Archuleta

    This year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas album is one of their best ever, featuring singer David Archuleta and lots of new arrangements on classic and unknown holiday songs. The MoTab Choir performs their beautiful rendition of “Away In The Manger” and their fun “A Christmas Roundelay,” while David Archuleta sings “Los pastores a belen” in Spanish and his majestic “Gesu Bambino” with the choir. Also on the album is David Archuleta’s original arrangement of “Silent Night,” and he then later joins the choir for a gorgeous final song, “Angels, from the Realms of Glory.” Glad Christmas Tidings is full of Christmas spirit, as you can tell everyone singing really feels the joy of the season.

    http://www.mindfulofmusic.net/2011/12/top-5-christmas-releases-this-year.html?spref=tw

    Rich Parkinson @OneRichSong

    I guess there’s a show going on tonight??? pic.twitter.com/KynPaKmu

    Rich Parkinson @OneRichSong
    Following

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  36. MT said

    33. Bebe
    Wow … sounds like it’s going to be quite a production. Now I’m REALLY hoping for that UStream.

    34. Kaycee
    “She proudly and ceremoniously pulled out a gift for me…she was so excited, she opened it herself!” << Awww… How cute that she was so excited about giving it to you! And smart daughter to keep quiet about you already having it. haha

    Oh and 32. should say "Abravanel" Hall. haha oops … typos. That's what happens when I get excited and try to type. lol

    There were so many great moments on this tour, I'm really going to be sorry to see it end.

  37. Bebereader said

    Kaycee,

    Thanks for sharing that review. I’ve read nothing but great reviews for “Glad Christmas Tidings” as well as for “The My KInd of Christmas Tour”.

    Here’s “The First Noel” from Anaheim! CLOSEUP

    and O Holy Night

    credit aura3000

    Fans screamed “I love you David at beginning, to which David flashed them this huge smile:
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  38. djafan said

    PLEASE LET THERE BE LIVESTREAM!!!!

    @Shell_eeeyyy

    Sunny said there will be 5 surprises tonight!! Eeeeep
    4:51 PM – 19 Dec 11 via txt · Details

  39. Bebereader said

    Closeup of “Fa la la la la” from Anaheim!

    credit aura3000

  40. Bebereader said

    Susan @SusanFOD 45m

    There’s a baby grand and they are playing O Holy Night. Stix went to get David.
    There’s 100 people in VIP
    The little kids are giving him a hug and everyone goes awwww
    Mark and Sunny just walked in
    Older lady kissed him on the cheek and they are speaking in spanish

    @davidarchie is the gold standard for current singers. It’s time for the rest of the pack to up their game to his level. Good luck trying.

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    @OneRichSong Noeeeeeellll! (for those of you that can’t wait for the show to start ) :-)

    He sang Good Place, I Am a Child of God, Dream Sky High in SLC VIP!!!

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    credit kariontour

    Sunny played the piano…

  41. betsy said

    From tonight’s vip.

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  42. skydancer1x said

    GAH! sounds like tonite is already going to go down in the record books as being spectacular! squeeeeeee! so excited for everyone at this show. How much more delicious can it possibly get!? oooooooh!!Almost time!

    Kaycee, that is funny. so cute and sweet of your Mom to get you autographed copy♥

    any news on Livestream yet?

  43. betsy said

    Let’s watch this together, ok?
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/archuleta-fan-scene#utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=8387377&utm_medium=social

  44. Bebereader said

    Thanks Betsy!!!!!

  45. Abrra said

    Also here
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/portofdreams-livestream

    If you have any problems with video playing with Firefox, try using IE.

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    @xxfallingstars

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    @muldur

    Abrra

  46. skydancer1x said

    YEA!!!thanks Betsy, and Abrra huh? IE?

    admin edit : Internet Explorer the windows browser

  47. djafan said

    Betsy ok :)

  48. djafan said

    Everyone to ustream!!!!!!

    @Shell_eeeyyy

    Oh my gosh it’s almost time for @DavidArchie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. djafan said

    Where are you guys????

  50. Bebereader said

    We’re all at the Ustream, djafan.
    He’s on fire tonight!
    The place is packed!
    He’s blowing the roof off of Abravanel Hall!

  51. stenocruiser said

    Oh, my heavens. Dear God. Full-time mission. Two years without David. I don’t even know what to think about this.

  52. gladys said

    David just Announced That I’ve decided to go on a full-time mission, crowd cheering, David crying

    I’m crying because I am a selfish person, I’m going to miss david

  53. palmtreephan said

    Well, I’m selfish right along with you, Gladys……in shock….

    Peace and love to all.

  54. skydancer1x said

    Gladys, I hear you. I had to catch myself.I wasn’t expecting this…. I felt sick and flushed when those words came out of his mouth like I was going to pass out. I can’t help how I am feeling, I can’t help it.I feel like all the joy has gone out of me right now.I don’t want to feel that way but I do. I am stunned,I’m sorry. I love you David♥

  55. PandasMama said

    I am numb. Can’t even cry at this point. Probably should go to bed but I’m not sure if I can stand up from this chair.
    I guess I’m selfish too. I didn’t get to see this tour and now he will be gone.

  56. MT said

    Wow, i am speechless. That came as a complete surprise to me. I am in shock. That was the absolute last thing I expected to hear.

    Gladys, me too. :(

  57. djafan said

    I’m crying and need to gather myself.

  58. ram said

    This doesn’t seem to follow his comments in his latest interviews.
    i am confused.

  59. sweetonDA said

    I’m sad and happy at the same time. I’m happy that he is following his heart and sad that I will have to go without new music and seeing his smiling face for 2 years, but I will always stand by him and the decisions he makes. I believe this will be a growing time for him in many aspects of his life, and somehow I have a calm feeling about the whole thing, but there are tears also.

  60. Abrra said

    I am happy for David. If he feels that this is his path, I will support that decision. He will return to us a more mature, confident and ready to go on with his career. I will be here. I will wait.

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    Abrra

  61. Abrra said


    theofficialarchuleta

    Abrra

  62. Blisskasden said

    Ram, I agree. I think this decision was made very recently, maybe even today. Everything David has said recently would indicate that he would be very much a recording artist. Why make a video and announce that it will be released in a few weeks if you plan on leaving the business for an extended period of time? I believe that something happened very recently to cause this decision.

    Gladys, I respeect your honesty and share your feelings.

  63. Annie318 said

    I am stunned. Had to come out of lurkdom to say I’m wanting to just lay down and sob but husband is here. He already thinks I’m cracked in the head when it comes to David. Two years! If he could tweet us every day it might be bearable but I’m told he can’t do that. :-( I would make the crying face but don’t know how.

  64. MT said

    61. Bliss, I agree. This seems completely contradictory to everything he’s been saying recently about releasing singles and acting classes and some other projects.

    Abrra, You are the voice of reason. I hope this makes him happy.

    But it’s not making me happy at the moment. Maybe by morning I’ll feel differently. IDK

    I’ll miss David. And I’ll miss this site and all of you here as well.

  65. Blisskasden said

    After watching the video that Abrra posted, I am much more at peace with David’s decision. David did not audition for American Idol to become a rich and famous pop star. He is, at his core, a nice kid from Utah who loves to sing and share his enormous gift. However, David has much to give than just his wonderful singing talent, and wherever he goes on this MIssion, those that he meets and touches will forever be uplifted and blessed to have been in the company of David Archuleta.

  66. PandasMama said

    Wait, Wait, Wait don’t go… Seems to have a different meaning now.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am proud of the decision David has made. It has to have been difficult.

    I don’t think I can take too much more of 2011. The entire year has been one major struggle after another for my family. David has been my only saving point.
    Well, if I can live with my son’s decision to join the Navy when he graduates high school in June, I should be able to handle David’s decision.

  67. Annie318 said

    I want to apologize for behaving like a love sick school girl. If David feels the need to go on a mission, I will support him. I will wait right here.

    Djafan & abrra- I sent you emails.

  68. Fiona said

    Oh this is so hard. Can’t even imagine life without David for two years. I am trying really hard to understand and be happy for him but it is so difficult. :(

  69. Abrra said

    I truly see this mission as a chance for David to gain tremendous life experience and growth. He will be on his own, living a life of service to others in a whole new way. When he comes back he will have gained confidence and maturity. He is leaving on a career high point. We will not forget him while he does his mission. Who among us would want to hold him from his hearts desire? Once this part of his life is accomplished,he will be able to write from a new, more mature perspective. He will learn what is in his heart and be ready to share with us through his music, again.

    Abrra

  70. Abrra said

    #66 Annie
    Thank you for such a really touching story.

    I am going to take the liberty to post it here. Thank you for sending me this email.

    “Hi ladies~ Saturday night at the Grove I sat next to a woman and her teenage daughter. They are die hard fans like us. The mom Laurie told me she & daughter were at the Grove last year to see David. A young woman working in the dining section of the Grove was setting the tables. Laurie asked her if she got to meet David. The girl said she has never had such an experience as with David. He was watching her get the tables ready and came to her and said he is so fortunate because people are coming to hear him sing. He said he wanted to help her. He then proceeded to put a table cloth on each table. Oh, David! It seems he has been living his life as a mission all along. ”

    You have to respect this kind of humility
    Abrra

  71. Blisskasden said

    I guess I’ll have to be my own role model for the next 2 years. David is a shining, living example of the best way to live one’s life. Even though I’m old enough to be his grandpappy, I’ve been watching, listening, and learning from David, and I am a much better person than I was 4 years ago. I owe so much to him, and his singing was just one of ways that he got my attention. He is truly one of the most special people I have ever encountered, and he did it all before he was 21.

    If ever there was a human masterpiece, it is and will continue to be, David Archuleta.

  72. djafan said

    I’ve been sobbing and watching that video seeing how hard this was for him as it was for us and it breaks my heart. I don’t plan on going anywhere, I can’t go anywhere. Somehow someway we will find a way to let him know of our unconditional love and support for him always.

  73. collegemom said

    I so agree with you Abrra. I am feeling so sad but I think that he deserves to follow his heart and also to do what most of the other guys his age and in his church do and we know that David will spread love and thoughtfulness and real caring whereever he goes. I would not begrudge him college and I don’t this even though it makes me sad. However, I can survive on youtubes, etc. and please, please keep this wonderful blog site open – I am so uplifted by all the humor and life-sentiments that are shared here even though I mostly lurk. The thinks that David have been working on will go on into the future even if he is on a mission. (I hope he has a good accountant and lawyer minding the store while he is gone but feel bad for worrying about that)

  74. Abrra said

    #72 Collegemom

    This site will stay true to David. Whatever it takes. We are staying.

    We sincerely hope you all will stand vigil with us.

    Abrra

  75. quiteblanc said

    Bliss – Well said in #64. I am also at peace with his decision. It must have been difficult for him to make this major decision. He gave his fans so much in the last three and half years, and we should understand that he is just going to fulfill his other dream. He is such an exceptional young man! I gave him a lot of credit to make this decision and he has all my respect. When we get older, time flies faster. We will miss him, but his music will be with us. I’ll be here waiting patiently for his return.

  76. Abrra said

    From AFS, the text of David’s announcement.

    David Archuleta Mission Announcement

    12/19/2011

    I can’t tell you how special it’s been being able to come back here and do this Christmas tour and sing these songs that just mean a lot to me and to have all of you here tonight with us. There’s no place like home. I always say that. Looking back through these last few years and all the support we’ve had and all the amazing experiences we’ve had and I’ve had, I feel very blessed in my life. While I’m home in front of you guys here tonight, I would like to make a special announcement that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life. It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always followed, tried to follow, in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I’ve learned to trust that feeling and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. That is the reason why I know that I need to do this in my life. I just wanted to thank you guys. I’ll be going the first half of next year. I just wanted announce that while I was home here in front of you guys because you mean so much to me. Thank you so much.

    David Archuleta Mission Announcement.doc
    http://www.mediafire.com/?b983gujuyh0na6m

    Abrra

  77. MT said

    At 2:40 in the video … I’m not quite sure what he says, but it sounds like he says he’ll be home for the first half of the year. So I guess he could still be following the plans he mentioned for the beginning of next year. Music, acting … I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happnes after the first of the year.

    The more I think about it, the more I understand his decision. He may feel like he just can’t move forward with his life until he’s fulfilled this part of his life’s plan. He is a remarkable young man and he needs to so what he feels if right for him.

    I am happy for him if this is what he wants.

    But it still makes me sad. I will truly miss him and the joy he brings to my life. The little piece of my heart that belongs to him will still belong to him when he returns.

  78. skydancer1x said

    Bliss♥ thank you. You of course speak the truth so well.
    Watching the video, and watching Davids face as he announced his decision….I know he has to do what his gut tells him to do, that is why we love him so much, and I will always remain a fan of David Archuleta. The journey with him continues…..
    but much will change in our beautiful world that we have enjoyed for the past few years.

    Part of me still wishes he had waited until the New Year, after the beauty of the Tour was done, to announce to his fans his decision.

  79. bluesky said

    A couple of days ago I wrote my response to seeing DA in Cedar City, UT. I wrote:
    Passion – thy name is David Archuleta

    Tonight I was there in Abravanel Hall, I need to amend my former statement:
    Courage – thy name is David Archuleta

    Sometimes the only way to keep something you treasure is to be willing to give it away.

  80. Gayle122890 said

    Like PandasMama, I know the pain of having to let go of a son to the service. As I listened to David making his announcement, my heart cried “No…no…no” But from deeper inside a comforting calm came up. David knows Who he serves. It’s who he is. Like Abrra, I will wait.

  81. sweetonDA said

    The pouring out of support for David tonight is really amazing! Twitter has been going crazy!

    David is going to be just fine and so are we!

  82. krbdavid1 said

    I will be right here waiting to.

  83. skydancer1x said

    Bluesky
    “Sometimes the only way to keep something you treasure is to be willing to give it away.”

    You are all so wise. I love you all.

  84. palmtreephan said

    The mantra, as always…..Trust the Archuleta. This decision could not have been an easy one for him and with all he has given of himself, respect for that decision is the very least we can give him in return. There is one very important factor that I feel is at play here, as well. David will be 21 next week. He has made it no secret that he would like to find a life partner, have children, make a family. It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to do that if he keeps going down his current path. This mission and the subsequent break from celebrity may allow that to happen…..and that, along with him following his heart, makes me very happy Some things ARE more important than music..

  85. Abrra said

    We need the cat back on the side bar please? Thank you :)

    Abrra

  86. djafan said

    I will need all of your support. But right now I need to cry it out to get this sadness out of my gut.

  87. Vee sobbing right now said

    I am sobbing right now but happy at the same time.

    I am wishing David the best of everything. He has given me a l

    Virtual hugs t

  88. Vee sobbing right now said

    Blame my iPhone

    To continue ,
    Virtual hugs to everyone .

    David I will be here , waiting for your return . Good luck on your mission .

    Xxxxooooo

    Vee

  89. Blisskasden said

    Let me say that seeing David crying on that stage is more than this grown man can take. Goodnight everyone.

  90. Abrra said

    David talks about his feelings when he sings Silent Night


    @nareejo

    Abrra

  91. bluesky said

    78 – Skydancer:

    I think DA was touched by the absolutely amazing and spontaneous support and love he felt from the people there in Abravanel Hall tonight. It was instant and unconditional. It was amazing to be there. I cannot fully describe how it felt. Whatever response he may have thought he would get, I think the one he got was greater than he could have imagined.

    It is one of those things that happens when you least expect it and if you had time to think about it, you might plan the “right” way to respond. But the people in the audience had no such preparation. DA knew this… so the “reply” he got to his announcement was all the more priceless.

    I cried. So many of us did. And one hardly knew if it was for happiness or not. Just that it was extraordinary to the point of: “You have never held back, DA. We do not know all your private reasons why you are doing this and we do not need to. Your need to do it speaks so loudly, sincerely, calmly and deeply that we follow your inimitable talent for choosing – as we have followed before on much shorter journeys. Thinking each time that we were showing faith. Choosing short bridges rather than detours. Allowing for your growth (as we thought). And now, find ourselves following again. Applauding even as we cry that this bridge is not what we had expected or prepared ourselves for”.

    *sigh*

    (Can’t really say when the last time was that one of my kids did something I was prepared for. ((*_*)) )

  92. Bebereader said

    Trying to put my feelings into words but failing miserably. I won’t lie; I’m feeling very sad. But I’d like to think I can put my own hurt feelings aside. After watching David’s video I realize that this decision was not an easy one and I greatly admire his courage.

    I am not going anywhere. For those wondering, this site will remain intact. David is so worth the two year wait. It’s the least I can do for all the joy he has brought into my life. Besides, he will probably write some awesome music while he’s away and we will have that and more to look forward to.

  93. Freo said

    The question we don’t know is what will be the nature of his mission. A nontraditional one? A service mission? A door-to-door one? A two-year one? A half-year one? He had indicated (actually right in front of me!) that he had acting and writing/recording lined up in Jan. Feb. So is he recording a fourth album before he goes?

    Many questions yet unanswered, and I hope he is prepared to answer them.

  94. Bebereader said

    Videos are up

    Oh Holy Night – Salt Lake City

    Fa la la la la la

    The First Noel

    credit pattycake04

  95. sj said

    I don’t comment here often but read nearly everyday – Have really appreciated the comments tonight and how respectful they’ve been on this subject, even if you may not understand or feel happy about it. I am a member of his church, but still thought I would be sad if he decided to go – I was so surprised at how I felt when I watched that video of his announcement, the peaceful feeling that just washed over me and I knew that it is something that is right for David right now –

    After the initial surge of celebrity died down after Crush and he seemed to be having a harder time breaking out of the teen idol image and getting played on the radio and his second album not being supported by his label I thought it would probably be good for him to leave for 2 years and come back more grown up – but seeing the way things have unfolded I really feel like he’s leaving at the right time. This mission is part of his foundation, I don’t think he was just talking about a musical foundation I think he meant his life’s foundation as well and for him he’s now decided that this mission is part of that. He will come back stronger and maybe the industry will be more accepting of him as a serious artist and not “that kid from idol”. (maybe “good” music will be more appreciated by then too).

    Happy to hear that you will be here. We may get updates from family if they choose to share, part of me feels they just may do that a little. Maybe his Abuelita through fanscene. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I am surprised at how excited I feel for him.

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